Police Shoot Lubbock Man During Altercation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/24/07

Police Shoot Lubbock Man During Altercation

Lubbock Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting which took place on Thursday night in Central Lubbock. Police tell NewsChannel 11 a man threatened his wife and when they arrived on scene, he pointed a gun at the officers.

The suspect was rushed to University Medical Center with critical injuries. He is described as a 41-year-old Hispanic man, but they are not releasing his name. He was allegedly armed with a gun when an officer took one shot to take him down.

Police responded to the call just before 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. A neighbor called to say the victim's wife had run to their home because her husband was threatening her, and he had a gun.

Police say shots were fired and three officers responded to the scene. When they arrived, the suspect was standing in the front yard. 

"One shot was fired. Officers took cover behind their cars and ordered him to drop the gun. He raised the gun towards them and one officer armed with a rifle, a 223 caliber rifle, fired one shot and the suspect fell to the ground," Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones says.

Chief Jones says no officers were hurt, and the officer who fired the shot followed protocol. Jones says the officer has been with the department for about two years.

The suspect was reportedly hit in the upper torso. Police say the 911 caller told them the suspect had been taking pills and drinking vodka this evening.

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